SWINDON Supermarine’s form of late is giving them a chance to gate-crash the Southern League Division One South & West play-off picture, according to manager Dave Webb.
Marine recorded a 4-1 victory over Bideford at the weekend, despite going a goal down inside 15 minutes.
However, Supermarine regrouped at the Webbswood Stadium and a Brad Hooper penalty, after Josh Parsons was pushed in the box, restored parity, before Parson beat the offside trap to give the hosts a 2-1 lead at the break.
Parsons then netted his second after good work from substitutes Connor Thompson and Connor Waldon in the 84th minute before Ryan Campbell wrapped up the win with a volley four minutes from time.
“It was a difficult game, I knew it would be. They are a good side and very physical, so we knew it would be a hard game,” said Webb.
“The lads were great. We went behind as well, which is always a test. You always think: ‘How are you going to react?’ “We kept going and eventually scored some cracking goals. The third and fourth goals in particular were great.
“We got a penalty to start with and Josh has taken his second goal really well.
“We’re giving ourselves a chance. We’re playing well and we look nice and solid at the back.
“To come through this game was a big test for us because they beat us up when we went there in November - they were too strong.
“We showed a better side of our play on Saturday and stood up to that and had the quality about us to score four good goals.
“We’re playing some good football and scoring lots of goals. We couldn’t really be in better form going into a game on Wednesday when we are playing a team (Evesham United) directly above us.”
Marine lost Joe Selmen barely 20 minutes into the game because of a tight hamstring but Webb says consistency in selection and the ability to bring game-changers off the bench is the reason for their climb back to sixth in the table.
“The team has remained the same for the last three games, which is unusual,” he said.
“We’ve got a great bench. We’ve got decent players that are coming on. Connor Waldon and Connor Thompson have come on and had a real impact on Saturday.
“We’ve got a good group here and they are all in it together. They have all played a lot of football. There is no one at the club who hasn’t played and I think that shows what a good group they are.
“Everyone will be needed in the run-in, with seven games to go and a cup final.
“Who knows where we will end up but we are giving ourselves the chance, which is pleasing.”